Last updated: December 2, 2020 at 1:16 p.m.

Free activities for all ages to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Sort by Audience for different target age groups such as Seniors, Youth or Kids. Many activities are for Everyone. All activities are free.

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  • Everyone (includes Adult)
  • Kids & Parents
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors/Older Adults
  • Youth

 

New and updated activities are marked with an asterisk*.
Activity Name Category Description Time Audience
Art Ignite workshops Arts & Culture Mentorship from a professional artist for those wanting to create, experiment or exchange ideas. User Choice Everyone
Mentor-in-Residence  Arts & Culture The free initiative supports all artists through virtual consultation sessions with experienced art professionals. User Choice Everyone
Stratford Festival on Film Arts & Culture Watch a free collection of plays performed at the Stratford Festival by using the CBC Gem application. 60 to 180 minutes (depending on the play) Everyone
Art City Toronto Arts & Culture Weekly virtual art lessons and crafts, including cardboard dinosaurs, butterfly bracelets, drawing challenges and more. User Choice Kids & Parents
Youth, Adult and Older Adult Fitness Fitness & Staying Active Take care of your body by staying active – without going to the gym. User Choice Everyone
Active Games Fitness & Staying Active Burn off some extra energy with these fun activities. Updated June 26, 2020. User Choice Everyone
Family Physical Activity Fitness & Staying Active Have fun and stay fit together. User Choice Kids & Parents
Walking Challenge Fitness & Staying Active Keep active and try to walk 10,000 steps a day! User Choice Everyone
YMCA Facebook Live  Fitness & Staying Active Engaging live videos including daily fitness programs, parent/child circle and storytime, musical baby programs, child/youth games and activities. User Choice Everyone
Unstoppable Kids Challenges Fitness & Staying Active Jays Care’s daily challenges and physical activities for children and youth to gain new skills, stay fit, and have fun. User Choice Kids & Parents
YMCA YThrive Home Workouts Fitness & Staying Active Online workouts designed for almost any fitness level and that can be done from your living room for free. 15 to 20 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Bird-Watching Cam Leisure & Learning Live cameras of birds like owls, osprey, hawks, albatross and more. User Choice Everyone
Centre Francophone de Toronto | Facebook Leisure & Learning Vidéos amusantes et intéressantes, ressources et accès virtuels à des soutiens pour les jeunes enfants et leurs familles en français. User Choice Kids & Parents
Conseil scolaire Viamonde Facebook Leisure & Learning Cercles de chanson et d’histoire pour les jeunes enfants et leurs familles en français. User Choice Kids & Parents
Craft Ideas Leisure & Learning A collection of craft ideas for children, including stained glass, paper roll butterflies, melted crayon art and more. User Choice Kids & Parents
EarlyON Child and Family Centre Programs and Services Leisure & Learning Online and telephone services to support and engage young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig (ENAGB) Facebook  Leisure & Learning (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous cultural, music and social programming for young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
YMCA Facebook Live  Leisure & Learning Live videos including daily storytime, musical baby programs, games, activities and fitness programs. User Choice Kids & Parents
Gardiner Museum Family Days Leisure & Learning Videos and templates to help you make salt clay, seed-bombs and colour. User Choice Kids & Parents
National Film Board: Online Films  Leisure & Learning The National Film Board of Canada has over 4,000 Canadian films available for free online, in English and in French. 2 to 120 minutes (depending on the film) Everyone
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto Facebook Leisure & Learning (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous programs including cooking, children’s activities, music and prayer for people of all ages. User Choice Kids & Parents
Native Child and Family Services Facebook | Instagram Leisure & Learning (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous programs including music, prayer, storytime, and fitness for all ages. User Choice Kids & Parents
Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network Facebook | Instagram Leisure & Learning (Indigenous-led) Virtual Indigenous food and land-based programming involving planting, traditional medicines, storytelling and more for young children and their families. User Choice Kids & Parents
Ontario Science Centre: Science at Home Leisure & Learning Science-related films and activities for kids, including creating slime, bottle gardens, biodiversity bingo and do-it-yourself science experiments. User Choice Kids & Parents
Scavenger Hunts Leisure & Learning Various types of scavenger hunts to choose from. User Choice Kids & Parents
ConnectABILITY Resources  Leisure & Learning A collection of resources to support people with developmental disabilities and their families. User Choice People with disabilities
Grow Your Own Greenhouse Leisure & Learning A fun home-experiment to build a mini greenhouse, including free lettuce seeds. User Choice Everyone
Play & Learn HQ  Leisure & Learning Helpful resources, videos, games and activities for young children from the University of Toronto and McMaster University. User Choice Kids & Parents
Recreational Respite Virtual Services  Leisure & Learning Interactive, innovative virtual sessions for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. User Choice People with disabilities
TVOkids Leisure & Learning A collection of free educational games and programming for preschool and school children ages 2 to 11. User Choice Kids & Parents
CBC Kids  Leisure & Learning Educational stories, videos and electronic games to engage young children. User Choice Kids & Parents
GoNoodle  Leisure & Learning Videos and games to keep children physically active while in isolation at home. User Choice Kids & Parents
Learn at Home: Ministry of Education  Leisure & Learning Online resources for students and parents to support learning at home for kids in kindergarten to Grade 12. User Choice Kids & Parents
Spike & Toddy Videos Leisure & Learning COVID-19 related information for kids age 3 to 7, including how to physically distance and how to be a good helper. 4 minutes Kids & Parents
Surrey Place Resources for Parents Leisure & Learning Tools for parents continuing their child’s education, encouraging play, and supporting the understanding of COVID-19. User Choice Kids & Parents
TDSB Online Learning Resources  Leisure & Learning Support for children and parents while schools are closed. User Choice Kids & Parents
Young People’s Theatre: Inside With Imagination Leisure & Learning A collection of videos with fun drama games for the whole family to play indoors. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Public Library Leisure & Learning Sign up for a new Instant Digital Card to access a massive collection of ebooks, audiobooks and more. User Choice Everyone
Bata Shoe Museum From Home Museums & Heritage  A virtual collection of current exhibitions and collections, including Ask a Curator. User Choice Everyone
Virtual Museum of Canada Museums & Heritage Browse art, history, war and other exhibits. User Choice Everyone
AGO: The Collection (Online) Museums & Heritage A digital collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s art and exhibits. User Choice Everyone
Online Collections from Museums Worldwide Museums & Heritage A digital collection of content from museums and national parks around the world User Choice Everyone
Black Creek Pioneer Village virtual tour Museums & Heritage Take a virtual tour of historic sites, learn through online history lessons and check out hands-on activities. User Choice Everyone
Textile Museum of Canada  Museums & Heritage Online resources and webinars on mask-making. User Choice Everyone
Aga Khan Museum -MuseumWithoutWalls Museums & Heritage A collection of virtual content from the Aga Khan Museum. User Choice Everyone
Gardiner Museum Museums & Heritage Online digital collections of Gardiner Museum’s ceramic art, pottery, porcelain and earthenware. User Choice Everyone
City Hall Live Concerts Music Facebook Live concerts by local musicians, Monday to Friday, from noon to 1 pm. 30 minutes Kids & Parents
York West Active Living Centre: Seniors Virtual Programming Fitness & Staying Active Exercise, strength training, dancing, and arts programs for seniors. 30 to 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto Active Living Program Fitness & Staying Active Programs for seniors with dementia and their caregivers including ballroom dancing, music therapy, Zumba and more. 60 Minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Bernard Betel Centre Virtual Programming for Seniors Leisure & Learning Virtual activities for seniors including art, creative writing, fitness, cooking, language courses and more. 30 to 60 Minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Sunshine Centres for Seniors: Virtual and Call-In Programming Leisure & Learning A wide range of daily programs for seniors, including exercise and chat groups. 60 Minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Sunshine Centres: Rainbow Circle (for LGBTQ2S seniors) Leisure & Learning A Zoom group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) seniors to grab virtual coffee, breakfast and chat. Email irene@sunshinecentres.com to join. 90 Minutes Seniors/Older Adults (LGBTQ2S)
Woodgreen Seniors Active Living Virtual Programming Fitness & Staying Active Activities for seniors including meditation, exercise, virtual potlucks and more. 30 to 60 Minutes Seniors/Older Adults
CBC Canadian Live Stream Performances Music An online resource of Canadian musicians’ live streams across the country. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Association for Performing Arts: What’s On Tonight  Arts & Culture Podcasts of stage shows by award-winning playwrights. 20 to 60 minutes Everyone
TOLive: Living Rooms  Arts & Culture Theatre performances by Toronto artists. 5 minutes Everyone
Creating Toronto: The History of the City  Museums & Heritage A virtual tour of Toronto’s historic downtown. User Choice Everyone
Cyark: A 3D Tour of Fort York National Historic Site Museums & Heritage An immersive and interactive 3D tour of Fort York National Historic Site. User Choice Everyone
City Place Schooner  Museums & Heritage 3D animation of a 19th-century schooner. User Choice Everyone
Envision TO: Mackenzie House: A Possible Future  Museums & Heritage Explore the neighbourhood around Mackenzie House in the present and in the future. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Public Library for Teens Leisure & Learning Ebook and audiobook suggestions, online programs and homework help. User Choice Youth
Dancing with Parkinson’s Music Virtual dance and movement classes offered 7 days a week at 11 a.m. for seniors. 30 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
North York Seniors Centre Virtual Programming | Facebook Leisure & Learning Book reading, trivia and memory games, sing-alongs, cooking, chair exercises for seniors. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Live performances, interviews, and virtual concert. User Choice Everyone
Myseum of Toronto  Arts & Culture Online programs and experiences that showcase Toronto’s history, spaces, and cultures. User Choice Everyone
The Bright Spot (YMCA of Greater Toronto) Fitness & Staying Active Live exercise classes, small group discussions, game night and more. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
StreetArtToronto: Virtual Exploration of Murals  Arts & Culture Artist videos, including an award-winning short documentary. User Choice Everyone
StreetArtToronto: The Map  Arts & Culture An interactive map that allows you to learn about and view murals across Toronto. User Choice Everyone
Recycled Crafts Leisure & Learning Fun crafts from recycled materials you can find at home. User Choice Kids & Parents
Indoor Games Fitness & Staying Active Games to enjoy indoors. Updated June 4, 2020. User Choice Kids & Parents
Canadian Opera Company: Virtual Choir Music Join the community Virtual Choir for a performance of Verdi’s “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore. User Choice Everyone
TVO Leisure & Learning Explore in-depth journalistic videos, articles and podcasts. User Choice Everyone
TVO ILC Leisure & Learning Free digital learning resources for students in JK to grade 12. User Choice Everyone
TVO Docs Leisure & Learning Explore documentaries through a diverse range of storytelling perspectives. User Choice Everyone
TVO mPower Leisure & Learning Over 65 games to help build K-6 math skills while spotlighting Ontario towns and professions. User Choice Kids & Parents
TVOkids: YouTube Channel Leisure & Learning Popular shows on several subject-specific channels. User Choice Kids & Parents
Community Kitchen for Seniors Leisure & Learning Videos for seniors to develop cooking skills and learn nutritional recipes. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Toronto Mycelial Network Leisure & Learning A city-wide art project to encourage individuals to remain connected as individuals, as communities, and as a city while being physically distant. User Choice Everyone
Museum of Contemporary Art: Shift Key  Museums & Heritage View a collection of moving-image artworks by Canadian and International arts. User Choice Everyone
Science Crafts Leisure & Learning Create flying saucers, rocket ships, tornados and clouds! User Choice Kids & Parents
Style Your Outfit of the Day (#OOTD) Leisure & Learning Five easy steps for you to create your #OOTD! User Choice Youth
Youth Councils and Volunteering Opportunities Leisure & Learning Looking for volunteer hours? Connect with your local Youth Outreach Worker. User Choice Youth
Youth Crafts and DIY Leisure & Learning Updated for June 19, 2020: Easy steps for creating a lip scrub, cactus painting, photo wall and more. User Choice Youth
Jungle Crafts Leisure & Learning Fun jungle-themed craft ideas. User Choice Kids & Parents
Jungle-themed Games Fitness & Staying Active Have fun playing jungle-themed games. User Choice Kids & Parents
Puppet Mongers: Tutorials for Children Leisure & Learning Videos for children to learn how to make puppets and toy theatres. User Choice Kids & Parents
Toronto’s Healthy Urban Forest educational video Leisure & Learning Join the City of Toronto’s Monica in Riverdale Park East to learn about what City staff do to keep the urban forest healthy. Hosted by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants. 30 minutes Everyone
At Home Time Capsule Leisure & Learning Capture these important times by gathering items from family and friends to add to a time capsule. User Choice Youth
DIY Tree Branch Jewellery Holder Leisure & Learning Create your own jewellery holder. User Choice Youth
High Park Nature Centre Online Events Leisure & Learning Connect with other nature enthusiasts in the virtual cafe. 60 minutes Everyone
Home with Nature Leisure & Learning E-Learning videos, activities, and resources to help families deepen their understanding and appreciation of nature, ecology and cultural heritage User Choice Everyone
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment: Weekly Multi-Sport Videos Fitness & Staying Active Weekly multi-sport videos, live physical activity sessions and social events to help get you moving! User Choice Kids & Parents
Canadian Tire Jumpstart: Play from Home Fitness & Staying Active Videos and resources for indoor, outdoor and quiet activities User Choice Everyone
For the Record Exhibit Arts & Culture Experience Canadian Hip Hop history told by those who made it happen in 360 Virtual Reality. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Archives: Web Exhibits Museums & Heritage Dozens of web exhibits covering a wide range of topics from Toronto’s past User Choice Everyone
Toronto Archives: Photostream of Toronto’s History  Museums & Heritage A collection of hundreds of light-hearted photographs from Toronto’s past User Choice Everyone
Toronto Archives: Find the History of Your House  Leisure & Learning Interested to see when your house was built or who lived there first? Here are some online sources that can get you started. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Railway Museum At Your Home  Museums & Heritage Solve a locomotive jigsaw puzzle, listen to an audio guide, and find fun railway activities. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Railway Museum: Railway Museum Online Scavenger Hunt  Museums & Heritage An online scavenger hunt with 14 railway museums across Canada submitting a clue! User Choice Everyone
Toronto Railway Museum: Uncovering Union Station  Museums & Heritage Developed in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, this exhibit uncovers 9 stories of Toronto’s iconic Union Station. User Choice Everyone
EarlyOn Resources for Parents and Caregivers  Leisure & Learning A printable resource that describes activities parents/caregivers can engage in with their young children, as well as contact information to useful services and supports. User Choice Kids & Parents
Ressources des Centres ON y va destinées aux parents et aux responsables Leisure & Learning Un document de ressource imprimable qui décrit les activités que les parents/responsables peuvent entreprendre avec leurs jeunes enfants, ainsi que les coordonnées de services et de soutiens utiles. User Choice Kids & Parents
Kids Up Front Leisure & Learning Kids Up Front collects activities, online events and other resources from across the web. User Choice Kids & Parents
Toronto Public Library Virtual Exhibits  Museums & Heritage Discover dozens of virtual exhibits about Toronto’s history and a range of other topics. User Choice Everyone
Toronto Public Library Pieces of History – Digital Jigsaw Puzzles  Leisure & Learning 70 free digital jigsaw puzzles featuring images from Toronto Public Library’s digital archive. User Choice Everyone
Malvern Family Resource Centre: Virtual and Phone Programs for Seniors Leisure & Learning Free programs such as yoga, Men’s Club, brain games and Tamil Seniors Social. Telephone activities are also available. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Toronto History Museums Artifact Collection Museums & Heritage Explore the City of Toronto’s virtual artifact, archaeological, and fine art collections. User Choice Everyone
Recipe Club Leisure & Learning Updated July 9, 2020: A collection of recipes for the whole family. User Choice Everyone
Sewing by Hand Leisure & Learning Learn how to thread a needle and complete a Running Stitch User Choice Youth
Better Living Seniors Active Living Centre Virtual Programs Leisure & Learning A mix of seniors’ activities, with some in Mandarin. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Adapted and Inclusive Virtual Camp Leisure & Learning The Adapted and Inclusive Virtual Camp offers a weekly list of activities that you can do from the comfort of your home! User Choice Kids & Parents
High Park Nature Centre -Bat Chats Leisure & Learning Learn about bats and borrow a bat detector to search for bats in your neighbourhood 60 minutes Everyone
Online Nature Clubs for Kids Leisure & Learning Learn all about your local ecology online and away from the screen! User Choice Kids & Parents
Access Alliance Seniors Virtual Programming Leisure & Learning Programs include Sing-along for all skill levels, Tai Chi, cardio interval training and Coffee and Chat. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
North York Seniors Centre – Seniors Centre Without Walls Leisure & Learning The North York Seniors Centre Without Walls offers free phone call programs for seniors every day. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Seniors Centres Without Walls Leisure & Learning Seniors’ Centre Without Walls are free, interactive telephone-based programs (no internet required) for seniors. User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
TIME Exercise and Wellness videos Fitness & Staying Active Provided by the University Health Network, the TIME (Together in Movement and Exercise) Program provides exercise and wellness videos for people with mobility challenges User Choice Seniors/Older Adults
Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment: S.T.E.A.M. Program Leisure & Learning 12 workshops and interactive activities to help young women gain the experience and skills needed for a career in S.T.E.A.M. Download the poster or sign-up now.
  • Every Saturday from September 19, 2020, to December 5, 2020
  • noon to 2 p.m.
Youth (19-24)
Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants: Nature in the City – Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat Leisure & Learning Join Mark Sherman from the City of Toronto in the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat to learn the story of the open meadow ecosystem, take a closer look at a diversity of native wildflowers and the pollinators who visit them. User Choice Everyone
Forever Young Seniors Program Leisure & Learning A virtual group with topics that promote healthy ageing,  for those near or in the Lawrence Heights neighbourhoods. To register contact Albana Qatipi by phone at 416-787-1676, ext. 3256 or by email at albana.qatipi@unisonhcs.org.
  • Starts October 1, 2020
  • Every other
  • Thursday 11 am to Noon
Seniors/Older Adults
Friday Yoga Club for Seniors Leisure & Learning Virtual yoga classes. To register contact Albana Qatipi by phone at 416-787-1676, ext. 3256 or by email at albana.qatipi@unisonhcs.org.
  • October 2, 2020, to December 18, 2020
  • Every Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Seniors/Older Adults
Toronto Public Library: Online learning for seniors Leisure & Learning A variety of interactive online programs including seniors’ issues, service navigation, personal finance, and health and wellness. 60 to 90 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
ShowLoveTO Arts & Culture ShowLoveTO is a local initiative that encourages residents to show their love for Toronto by safely connecting with neighbours, supporting local businesses and artists, and exploring their city neighbourhoods. User Choice Everyone
*Stay, Play and Learn Youtube Video Playlist Leisure & Learning The Stay, Play and Learn video playlist has activities you can do at home. User Choice Everyone
Senior Persons Living Connected – Virtual and Telephone Programs for Seniors Leisure & Learning Free telephone and virtual zoom programs, from exercise to games and more. Programs offered in English, Tamil, Mandarin and Cantonese. 30 to 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Rexdale Community Health Centre – Virtual and Telephone Programs for Seniors Leisure & Learning

Variety of programs including Somali Seniors Group, ESL classes, Fitness, Dance, Choir, Men’s Group and much more.

Call 416-744-6312 ext. 2233 to get a calendar of programs or to register.

45 to 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Reconnect Community Health Services – Virtual and Telephone Programs for Seniors Leisure & Learning

Variety of programs including Zumba, Yoga, ESL, Portuguese conversation, BINGO and more.

Call 416-652-7780 or email reconnectcd@reconnect.on.ca to get a calendar or register.

45 to 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
Mosaic Home Care and Community Resource Centres – Virtual Programs for Seniors Leisure & Learning Social and educational programs including gentle yoga, health and hobby-related presentations along with Community Cafe and fun workshops. 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
*ESS Support Services – Virtual and Telephone Programs for Seniors Fitness & Staying Active Video and telephone group programs for seniors. Some programs offered in Mandarin. Call 416-243-0127 or email bking@esssupportservices.ca to register and get login information. 30 to 60 minutes Seniors/Older Adults
*Nature in the City – Winter Tree Identification Walk at the Don Valley Brickworks Park Leisure & Learning Join Mark Sherman from the City of Toronto on December 8, 2020, for a virtual winter walking tour of the Don Valley Brickworks Park focused on winter tree identification. 45 minutes Everyone